Application process for pathway to permanent residence for extended families of Afghan interpreters now open

Ottawa, December 9, 2021— The Government of Canada remains committed to bringing as many vulnerable Afghans as possible to safety. As part of our continued work to support Afghan refugees, we are opening a new pathway for the extended family members of Afghan interpreters who immigrated under previous measures.

In 2009 and 2012, the Government of Canada introduced special measures for Afghan nationals who served as local staff, such as interpreters, in direct support of Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar.

These measures provided individuals and their immediate family members with a pathway to permanent residence in Canada. They were put in place in recognition of the risk Afghans took to support Canada’s work in their country.

While some of their extended family members may have come to Canada through existing programs over the years, others have not and may now be in a precarious position as a result of their relationship to the interpreters.

To help ensure that these families can come to Canada, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a new pathway to permanent residence for extended family members of those who previously came under the 2009 and 2012 policies.

To be eligible, the extended family member must:

In addition to these new measures, we continue to prioritize applications of Afghan nationals who are in the process of sponsoring their immediate family members overseas, and dependents of protected persons abroad.

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